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Jury Finds Man Guilty of All Counts in Check Fraud Case

Albany County District Attorney David Soares



Press Release

June 4, 2018



 Jury Finds Man Guilty of All Counts


in Check Fraud Case




ALBANY, NY – District Attorney P. David Soares announced today that GERMAINE MONTES, 28, of Albany, was found guilty after a jury trial of (3) Counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree, all Class D Felonies, before the Honorable William A. Carter in Albany County Court this afternoon.

The jury found that on three separate dates in November 2014, January 2015, and March 2015, MONTES possessed forged checks and deposited them into bank accounts of people known to him at TD Banks located throughout the County of Albany. He then withdrew money from the accounts to benefit from the scheme. The total of the forged checks was valued at over $15,000.

MONTES faces a maximum of up to 7 years in State Prison on each count when sentenced on July 2, 2018.

Assistant District Attorney Benjamin Mastaitis and Assistant District Attorney Shadi Masri of the Financial Crimes Unit handled the prosecution of this case.

For more information please contact Cecilia Walsh at (518) 275-4710 or [email protected]